Three young stars will round out the A-list cast of Oscar winner Todd Haynes’ new drama “May December.”
Julianne Moore and Natalie Portman anchor the intense portrayal of the scandalous romance of an older woman (Moore) and her young employee (Charles Melton). Nearly 20 years after the relationship hit the headlines, the couple is preparing to send their nearly adult children off to college. At the same time, a movie star (Portman) arrives to study the family for an upcoming film about their lives.
Piper Kurda, Elizabeth Yu and Gabrielle Chung will play Moore and Melton’s children, all of whom leave home and fall into emotional turmoil over the adaptation of their family history.
Kurda will play Honor, the eldest of the couple, who returns for her younger twin siblings’ high school graduation — and immediately finds herself at odds with celebrity interloper Portman and the project she’s researching. Yu and Chung will play twins Mary and Charlie, who share a special bond and may be more traumatized by their origins than they let on. As the gaze of outsiders returns, family dynamics unravel and Melton (“Riverdale”) faces life as an empty nester at age 36.
Sammy Birch wrote the screenplay from a story he conceived with Alex Mechanic. “May December” producers include Will Ferrell of Jessica Albam and Gloria Sanchez Productions, Christine Vachon and Pam Koffler of Killer Films and Portman and Sophie Maas under their MountainA banner. Grant S. Johnson and Tyler W. Konney are producing and fully financing through their respective companies, Project Infinity and Taylor and Dodge. The film wrapped principal photography before Thanksgiving in Savannah, Ga.
Curda recently revealed Vulcan as a student in the final season of The CW’s “Legacies.” She will next appear in “Back on the Strip” opposite Wesley Snipes and Tiffany Haddish. Additional credits include the indies “When Time Got Louder” and “Never Better,” as well as the epic horror hit “The Wretched.” Curda is replaced by Prototype Talent Agency, Curtis Talent Management and Zoom Talent.
Yu is expected to play series protagonist Azula in the upcoming Netflix live-action series “Avatar: The Last Airbender.” He recently appeared in the Ray Romano feature “Somewhere in Queens” and is repped by Tech 3 Talent Agency.
Chung, a social media personality of Korean and Brazilian descent known for cosplay, was discovered by Haynes for “May December” and made her film debut in the project. He is repp by 111 media.
CAA Media Finance and UTA Independent Film Group are reprising the film in the United States, and Rocket Science is handling international sales.